Monthly Archive: June 2020

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Sighișoara. The Most Sought After of Medieval Transylvania

A Town in Time Music: Fie să renască, Phoenix Movie: Vlad Țepeș, 1979 Book: Sighișoara, Mediaeval Memories, Florin Andreescu For once, she’s boarding the train on time. Usually, she jumps on the step just as the train sets in motion. Today she finished her exam earlier than expected, the topics right up her street. She is relaxed, relieved and confident the marks will be okay. She’s seating on a different seat than the one she bought at the ticket counter. Next to the door, facing the direction in which the train will go. Mental note to ask permission to switch...

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This Is A Travel Blog With A Twist

This travel blog was born during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 epidemic. Tourism was severely affected and left bleeding. People stayed home, and no contrails flashed across the blue skies for months.  There are a million popular travel websites. The World Is An Oyster strives to be more of a food for soul version than a typical travel blog. Instead of “things to do” and “where to eat” I will tell you short stories that happened in a particular location or were inspired by it. Some accounts are real; some are pure fiction. You decide what you want each...

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Tübingen. Day Trip Back To The Middle Ages

“What is Time?” Music: Mantra, Bring Me The Horizon Movie: Dark (Netflix series) Book: The World as I See It, Albert Einstein Far behind is the colourful city of Bruges that keeps playing its beauty on the cinematic screen of my mind! Kilometre after kilometre I’m speeding towards south-west Germany, to the hilly region of Swabia. Driving through Europe has an undeniable charm if you can juggle distances and tiredness. After hours and hours of staring straight ahead, I get the feeling that Germany does not have an end. It does, and I’m getting closer to the southern border. And...

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Trsteno, Croatia. A Day Trip From Dubrovnik

Rock&Sea Music: Doomed, Bring Me The Horizon Movie: Game of Thrones, of course! Book: Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe, Norman Davies Hotass has finally asked me out. Gee! Take your time and hurry up! All the signals, innuendoes, body language and blunt reality right in his eyes. The guy still took his time. Time, as usual, is always limited on a cruise ship, regardless if you’re cruising or working. The port of call today is Dubrovnik. As soon as I finish my tour dispatching duties, I jump on the bus Hotass is escorting since he so nicely invited...

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Portugal’s Algarve Coast. Alvor, on the North Atlantic’s Shore

Tempus Fugit! The Coast of Cinco Quinas Music: I’m Afraid of Americans, David Bowie and I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, Nina Simone. In this order! Movie: That Good Night (2017) Book: London 2012: What If?, Ian C. P. Irvine We are rushing like lunatics towards our deaths, living our days at hallucinating speed, missing life and throwing ourselves neck first into the scythe of the reaper. And we hardly ever realise we are doing it every single day of our lives! Get up when the alarm goes off ruining your best and most resting...

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Cairo, Egypt. Wonders of Antiquity Under The Saharan Sun

Perfection Music: Hospital For Souls, Bring Me The Horizon Movie: The English Patient, the best Oscar movie ever! Book: Transylvanian Sunrise, Radu Cinamar and Peter Moon (you will find the connection!) Deck three is situated just above the water level. From my cabin, I can hear the waves hitting the outer shell. I can also hear the echoing, trudging hum of the engine that drags the cruise ship through the dark blue waters of the Mediterranean. The innards of the monster growl painfully, yet the beast is not defeated! Last night, the Captain announced through the ship’s PA that one...

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Aruba. The Lesser Antilles in the Southern Caribbean Sea

Dunes of the Sea Music: Time is the Enemy, Quantic (Café del Mar) Movie: The Pursuit of Happiness Book: Any book. Just chill! North of Venezuela, in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, lay the ABC Islands: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. With a long history of conquest, domination and disputation going back to Amerigo Vespucci, the southern Caribbean islands are unique and beautiful holiday destinations. If you like water sports, caving, off-road driving, or just idling by some gorgeous beach, Aruba is the place for you. Mostly flat, dry and rugged, especially on the northern corner, Aruba has mainly...

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Capri. Anacapri. The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian

Lunatics of Rome Music: Be Careful What You Wish For, Bad Omens Movie: L’imperatore di Capri (The Emperor of Capri) Book: The Story of San Michele, Axel Munthe My face is frozen. The wind and salty droplets splash it relentlessly. Maybe boarding the traghetto so early in the morning was not the most brilliant idea. I did it nonetheless because it will give me an entire day on the island. As the port of Naples is shrinking behind, my eyes are squinting longingly forward, glued to the familiar blue shape rising from the greyish sea at this early hour. I...

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